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I Am Healed

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 7:44 PM Comments comments ()
I Am Healed   Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Exodus 15:26:  “He said, ‘If you will carefully obey the LORD your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am Yahweh who heals you.’” (HCS)
     After the miraculous drowning of the pursuing Egyptian army in the Red Sea, the Israelites were taken into the desert and provided for by the hand of God. They were told that if they kept the statues and commandments that God instituted he would protect them from ailments, diseases, pestilences and similar afflictions that tormented their enemies. The covenant keeping God, Jehovah, promised his children health and well-being.  God wants us to experience this same existence of obedient living and bountiful health. God’s hedge of protection surrounds his children and when we stay gathered under his protective wings we can see problems all around us but they will not assail us.
      There are some simple things that God tells us to do that if we follow them our way of life is so much better. We are instructed to get adequate rest; to resist temptation; to avoid gossip and to love each other.  Avoiding tempting situations would surely lower our stress levels and we probably would be able to rest and sleep better and not be so grouchy; and that might help us treat each other better.
     Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

Last Laugh

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM Comments comments ()
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Proverb 3:34 – “He will humiliate those who make fun of others, but he is kind to those who are humble.”
       There is a saying – ‘He who laughs last, laughs best’. When gossip or slander or mischief or plain old fashioned bullying produces victims that are the brunt of ridicule the Bible gives concrete advice against making fun of others. Those who might be laughed at in the beginning shall be lifted out of the mire of mockery into a place of rejoicing. We all kid around with our friends and might even share a good, innocent laugh with co-workers or neighbors; but we must be careful that we do not cross the boundary between humor and humiliation.  I have a pretty decent sense of humor and can find something funny in just about everything if given enough time;  but I would be rich if I had a dollar for every time I did use good judgment and kept my mouth shut even though my funny bone was itching.  If we are honest with ourselves we all know of times when we wanted to say something witty but it was inappropriate and the Holy Spirit guided you to keep your mouth closed. What might seem harmlessly funny to us might not be so amusing to the person or persons on the other end of the tease.
      Recently there was a young man from the Detroit, Michigan area, Jahmel Binion, who experienced such shameful treatment from pictures and taunts that were posted on the internet Instagram site. I do not utilize the site but from the news reports it seems that this gentle spirit suffers from a rare skin and soft tissue disease known as ectodermal dysplasia and well known celebrities who should act as role models acted like miscreants instead.  But the young man did not lash out in anger, but remained humble and turned the tables on the would be taunters when he started an anti-bullying campaign called “Hug Don’t Judge” that has now gone viral.  Anyone interested in helping this young man get the word out that God does not make mistakes and that everyone is precious in his sight, email him at [email protected] for more information.  Surely Jahmel will be the one who will laugh last and best.
       Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

Great Provider

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM Comments comments ()
Good morning! Happy Monday.  Today's power scripture comes from Genesis 22:14:  “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” (NKJV)
    Abraham had been instructed by God to offer his son Isaac as a burnt sacrifice on the mountain in the land of Moriah. Abraham, though enamored by this first child born of his wife Sarah, was obedient in all the details leading up to the act. Abraham, Isaac and several men started out on the trek to the area where God had instructed Abraham to go. As they approached the end of the journey, Abraham told the other men to wait for their return as they journeyed up the mountain.  It is not known what he was thinking, but the fact that he told them to wait for their return showed evidence of Abraham’s faith in God. He was going to be obedient and God would provide. Even if God was to raise Isaac from the butchered dead, Abraham knew that the two of them would return.
      As he and Isaac journeyed up the mountain Isaac inquired of the whereabouts of the lamb to be used for the sacrifice.  Even as he raised his knife-clenched hand, once again Abraham’s faith proved that God would provide. When it was obvious that Abraham would withhold nothing from God, an angel of the Lord stopped the act and as Abraham looked up to heaven he saw a ram caught in a thicket bush.  This ram became the sacrifice. Abraham’s faith in God provided a suitable sacrifice and a way for both of them to return from the mountain.
     Do you really trust God?  Do you trust God, really? Do you believe that he wants to provide for you? Do you believe that he will provide for you in that situation you are in right now that you have just given up as being- ‘it is what it is’?  Abraham surely knew that God had promised to make him a great nation through his son; so in his heart he probably knew that whatever God was having him to do, would be for his greater good and he would show himself to be faithful.
     When was the last time that you put on the altar something that was truly sacred to you?  Not something that you wanted to discard and remove, or so distant from you that its removal really did not impact you; but something that was treasured by you and its loss had the potential to be disheartening?  Have you ever had to sacrifice a love? A dream? A desire?  Know this!... no matter what you had, have or will have to give up in obedience to the will of God, you will be victorious in the end.  The situation will be rectified; you will be justified and God will be glorified. Do not be fearful of what you think you will lose. Trust God – he will provide.
Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed – Dr. JoAnn

Great Work

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments ()
Good morning!   I bring you greetings from Detroit, MI.  It is glorious Friday. Today's power scripture comes from Psalm 111:2-4  (ESV) – “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.”
      We all have examples somewhere swimming around in our consciousness of how good God has been to us.  If we just take a brief moment and allow some of those examples to float to the surface we would relive the awesome splendor of knowing how great God is.  Of all of the eggs and sperms to ever evolve, the one distinct pairing that constituted you had to find themselves in a sea of turbidity.  That’s not chance – that is God.  Of all of the people on the planet, on every head, whether now bald or not, every hair shat has been counted. That’s not circumstantial– that is God.  Of all the shades of the rainbow , the color of your eyes, the tint of your hair and the hue of your skin are not by genetic probability - you are wonderfully and fearfully made. That is God.
     As a biologist who loves to study the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of life; it gives me great joy when I come upon a mystery that baffles my non-believing colleagues.  Where physicists like to ponder, I love to praise.  Where scientists like to speculate, I love to shout. Where chemists like to clamor, I love to clap and cheer.   They have given a name to the space between the infinitesimally small subatomic particles that make up the interior of atoms.  I call it God’s playground. No matter how far out in space we search or how deep within the interior of the earth we plunge, we will never come to the edge of the awesomeness of God.
  Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn

Our Source

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:16 AM Comments comments ()
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Exodus 3:14 (NRSV) – “And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.”
           The words of a popular gospel song proclaims— “Because of who you are, I give you glory, because of who you are I give you praise. Because of who you are I will lift my voice and say, Lord I worship you because of who you are”  And it goes on the tell the Jehovah names of God as Provider, Healer, Banner and Peace.  It speaks of how God is a way maker and a soul soother.  One who calms our fears and heals our bodies.   God is Omnipresent.  God is all in all.  He is everything to everybody, everywhere, at the same time, all the time.  While you might need him as a defender in a spiritual courtroom while Satan persecutes you and tries to weigh you down with guilt, depression or shame; I might need him in a physical classroom as a peace giver to calm my anxiety as I take a challenging exam. At the same exact moment thousands of miles away a mother appreciates the joy that floods her soul as God nestles her in his arms after she struggles through a difficult pregnancy and gives birth to a healthy bouncing baby.  God is Alpha and Omega therefore he will be with us at the beginning of our situations; through the middle of it and even after all is said and done, God will be there at the victorious end. God is Omniscient; what do you need insight on – just ask him.  As it states in James 1:5 – “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”  God is Omnipotent; what do you need handled?   Psalm 24:6 tells us  - Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. When God is handling the fight, even a major war attack from the enemy is nothing more than a simple scrimmage. 
       What do you call God in times of jubilance? Hurt? Harm? Danger? Peace? Joy? Sorry?  Whatever you call Him call Him often and commune with Him earnestly; but most of all listen to him openly and with your undivided attention.  He is our source and the only source we will ever need.  His Word is sure.  HE IS GOD and he cares!

Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

The B.I.B.L.E.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:16 AM Comments comments ()
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Joshua 1:8 (NIV) –“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it.” 
       We have all shunned the need to read the instruction manuals that accompany the newly acquired gadgets we purchase.  We figure we are smart enough and astute enough to figure out how to put it together; how it operates; and how to maintain it.  But in actuality when reality sets in, we realize there is always an extra bolt or screw left over when we do it our way.  Often our attempts to do-it-yourself can lead to costly malfunctions.  Some things are too complex and intricate to leave up to educated guessing.  Such intricacy is seen in life on Planet Earth.  God, our Creator, has provided a basic instruction manual with guidelines, case studies, testimonials and even some step-by-step instructions for many daily situations. 
       While everything we encounter in the human experience is not spelled out verbatim in scripture – there are key references, notable parables and plentiful examples to help us live the life of promise God intended.  Find a version of the Bible that best explains God’s word in a way that is clear to you; join a Bible study and ask God for His enlightenment of the scripture.  Read the book. Some like to start with the Gospels, but if you prefer a little more action in read the story of Achan (Joshua 7:1-26) and see how God showed Joshua how to figure out a “Who-Done-It” mystery gangum style.

Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

Seek First!

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:15 AM Comments comments ()
Good morning! Today's power scripture comes from Matthew 6:33  (ESV) “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
     We use our education and our experience and even our hunches to decide the best courses of action… only to discover that no amount of forethought or critical thinking can outweigh the power of seeking God’s guidance in any situation.  No matter what the toil, trial or challenge, God’s way is always the best way.  No need to try all the other alternatives before we finally give it to God. Our God is a God of FIRSTs.    We offer first fruits…. We pass down special blessings to our first born, so why should we bring our concerns to God last?  We try to fix things ourselves, over and over again; then finally we ask a close friend for their advice.  When that seems like a dead end, we ask other friends and family and eventually we even seek outside advice from self-proclaimed experts, counselors, and even self-help books.
     Don’t’ let intellect overrun intelligence.  Our brains tell us we can figure it out given enough time, but our hearts know that it is best to go to God FIRST and ask for his guidance.  We are not to be so concerned about things; but focus on the main thing. . . the progression of God’s Kingdom here on Earth.
      Everything we need God has already provided. Much like how our parents would shop early for our Christmas gifts and hide them in the house until the appropriate time to reveal them; God has great answers to prayers and wonderful gifts to bestow, often right within reach, but out of view.  He is more concerned with the proper timing than he is with our impatience.  As we continue to seek his righteousness, he moves certain prayer answers or gifts from the attic to the top of a hall closet and eventually when we are ready we will find it sitting right on the kitchen table fully accessible - and we will be able to say that the Lord has prepared a table before us, even in the presence of our enemies, our impatience and our struggling faith.

Every day is a good day; it is up to us to make it a power-packed GREAT day!  Be blessed!  Dr. JoAnn

No Comparison

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 7:23 AM Comments comments ()
Good morning!  Blessings as we enter the first day after a joyous resurrection Sunday celebration. Today's power scripture comes from Galatians 6:4 (NLV):  “Everyone should look at himself and see how he does his own work. Then he can be happy in what he has done. He should not compare himself with his neighbor.”

     We are individually and uniquely made by the hand of our Creator as he knit us together in our mothers’ wombs.  We have our own special styles, tastes, likes and dislikes. We have wonderful skills and talents, though similar in type are all different in degree, scope and number. We are special to God as individual works of art on his potter’s wheel. It is said that God’s gift to us is our talent, but our gift to God is how we use it for his glory. As we go about the purpose of our lives and fulfill the works that God has placed along our paths we must be careful not to compare our journey with that of others. Even cars driving along on the same highway, heading in the same direction travel at different speeds going to different destinations.  Some drivers get on and never change lanes until it is time to exit; while others weave about like honey bees darting from flower to flower.
     The scripture reminds us to scrutinize ourselves and to run quality control tests on our own work. As we focus on doing our best with the cards we have been dealt, we should not have time or interest in comparing our walk with anyone else.  It is good to have role models and to look up to others for examples.  It is ok to glance at the paths that others have taken so that we might learn from others' mistakes and good fortunes; but we must draw the line when we try to disregard what God has prepared for us.  Our journey is special and our way has been ordained by God.  Every walk that looks easy or better than the one we are on only causes us to sell short the benefits that God has placed in the journey we have been assigned.  Have your trips, stumbles and falls along the way been because your path has been so rough and rugged or has it been because you have your eyes gazing in someone else’s lane and missed the warnings, potholes and pitfalls on your own path?.    Stay in your own lane and enjoy what lies ahead for you.  God is a way maker and your journey will bring you joy and him glory.

Everyday is a good day; it is up to us to make it a GREAT day! Be blessed! Dr. JoAnn